Campervans offer ‘freedom’ – but warning issued as demand for motorhomes soars in UK

Campervans offer ‘freedom’ – but warning issued as demand for motorhomes soars in UK

08/05/2021

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The study, from Admiral Insurance, found that almost half of drivers (45 percent) would like to own a campervan or motorhome. This comes as many Brits feel more comfortable with a staycation this year, with more than one third confessing to feeling safer staying in the UK this summer because of Covid.

 

More than one fifth of holidaymakers felt that the uncertainty around travelling abroad made staying in the UK a better option for a summer holiday this year.

With more holidaymakers looking for a new type of holiday, the insurer found almost half of drivers would like to own a motorhome or campervan.

A further 22 percent would be open to the idea of owning one.

Around 56 percent of survey respondents said the freedom a campervan or motorhome offers was the most common reason for wanting one.

More than half of drivers (53 percent) were also attracted to the ability to travel around the country easily.

Drivers also responded saying that it would be more practical and comfortable than a tent.

Other responses included being able to camp in interesting places (40 percent) and it being cheaper than paying for a hotel or B&B (36 percent).

Clare Egan, Head of Motor Product at Admiral, said: “Our research shows the people feel more comfortable staying in the UK this summer for a break, rather than travelling abroad.

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“With the continued rise in staycations, we’ve also seen a rise in interest to own a motorhome or campervan because of the sense of freedom and endless possibility to explore different parts of the UK.”

As more Brits show interest in owning a motorhome or campervan, Admiral are warning potential customers that it will depend on a number of factors.

To drive a motorhome with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of between 3,500kg and 7,500kg, motorists will need a category C1 licence.

The average weight of a campervan is around 3,500kg.

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